How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned02/09/2017Generally, air ducts need to be cleaned every three to five years according to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association. Contingent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, whether or not you have pets, and how frequently your air filter has been replaced, to name a few—you may need to have air duct cleaning more or less regularly. So, how can you find out for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are absolutely some telltale signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns covered with dust or pet hair? Is there a blockage in your cold air return vent? Are your registers carrying out dust? When you look inside with a flashlight, can you see an accumulation of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents made a home in your ductwork? Can you hear clatter other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow? When your vents are fully opened, do any have a smaller amount of airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s more than likely time to ask Alltemp Comfort Services LLC in Columbia about air duct cleaning. Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning There are some things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and extend the timeline between specialized cleanings. Above all, arrange regular HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Alltemp Comfort Services LLC. A maintenance check of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should comprise of inspection, and potential replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system running effectively, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also converse with the team at Alltemp Comfort Services LLC about installing an air purification system. We have the Lennox PureAir Air Purification System, Healthy Climate Carbon Clean 16 Media Air Cleaner, Healthy Climate 11 Media Air Cleaner, Healthy Climate High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Filtration System and Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Lights. Other measures you can take include: Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home. Inspecting your air filters regularly and changing them when the manufacturer recommends replacing them. Most filters will display dust on them after a short time in service, but they may not demand exchanging. Sealing seepages in air ducts that permit dust to enter from areas like your attic. Exchanging poor or damaged air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Columbia home clean and healthy. Give the experts at Alltemp Comfort Services LLC a call at 803-318-6995 or set up an appointment online.